If you have seen any media reports today, you are well aware that the unemployment rate rose very slightly to 7.9% last month. That is up just .1% from the September rate.
I think we can all agree that we are just happy the rate is still below 8%. In addition, though the rate went up, it is actually just a sign that some people are tired of not having jobs.
According to the Associated Press, "The rate ticked up because more people without jobs started looking for work. The government only counts people as unemployed if they are actively searching."
As a new member of the unemployed club, I am shocked at how many unemployed people admit to having stopped looking for a job. I do not know if they just got tired of looking or what, but apparently if they quit looking, they quit counting towards the unemployment statistics.
I have only been employed for a short amount of time, and I am already tired of it. The amount of resumes and applications I am sending out is beyond what I ever thought possible. However, I know you have to put yourself out there so employers can find you.
Filling out applications and sending out resumes every day is, to me, more exhausting than it was to actually have a job. I am so tired at the end of day. Add to that tiredness the fact that about 99% of the stuff sent out yields no results, and I guess I can figure out why some people just give up.
However, giving up is not an option here. I have to keep my head and hopes high. While 7.9% is not as bad as it could be, it is still pretty bad. Having 12.3 million people without work is horrible; however, knowing I am just one of those 12.3 million is depressing.
So today while all the analysts are chatting and arguing about whether the job reports are good or bad, \millions of Americans will be out looking for a job. Regardless of what any pundits say, the job report means squat to people without jobs.